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Rockies acquire Kevin Slowey from Twins for Daniel Turpen

Dec 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

Kevin Slowey

UPDATE: Now that the Rule 5 draft is over the player to be named later has been revealed as Double-A right-hander Daniel Turpen, a side-arming reliever who’s a marginal prospect at best.

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Kevin Slowey, who fell out of favor in Minnesota after being demoted from the rotation to the bullpen in spring training, has been traded to Colorado for a player to be named later.

Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the deal will become official later today.

Slowey was a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins from 2007-2010, throwing 473 innings with a 4.41 ERA, but he was perhaps unfairly dumped from the rotation in favor of weaker options and then balked at becoming a full-time reliever.

Minnesota has been shopping him since March, so the player to be named later figures to be of minimal value. Slowey is under team control for two more seasons and will likely be in line for around $3 million via the arbitration process despite spending most of the season on the disabled list or in the minors and going 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 59 innings for the Twins.

When healthy and happy in his role Slowey is very capable of throwing 175 innings with a four-something ERA and excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios, but as an extreme fly-ball pitcher without overpowering raw stuff Coors Field is probably the worst possible home for him.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Ugh! Why sell low on the dude?

    • Jeremiah Graves - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      It seems fair to ask for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez as the PTBNL, right?!

      …right?! :-/

      • tuloisgod - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        Um, those guys are spoken for. How ’bout EY?

    • harmbry - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      You underestimate the vindictiveness of the Twins organization (see Glen Perkins’ mystery injuries after he raised a stink about his playing time/pay). “You don’t like playing here? We’ll send you to the only place you’re guaranteed to fail.”

  2. hansob - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    How is there not another team willing to beat that? Slowey is a fly ball, low walk pitcher, which is the exact opposite of what the Rockies need. He could potentially be a mid-to-upper-3.00s ERA kind of guy in one of the bigger ballparks, but Coors is going to hurt him quite a bit more than most pitchers.

    • dwrek5 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Kind of reminds me when Nelson Cruz went through waivers unclaimed.

  3. fmlizard - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Slowey is mediocre, but I thought the departure of Bill Smith from the GM’s chair would put an end to trading useful players for absolutely nothing of value – see Johan Santana, Delmon Young, Jim Thome, JJ Hardy – and throw in the Capps deal and watching Torii Hunter walk.

    Liriano for an A ball pitcher is just around the corner, I’m sure…

  4. azvikefan - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Slowey got an attitude problem after being pushed to the bullpen. I’ll bet that’s why they dumped him.
    Or he was sick of Blyleven blasting him on TV every night and asked to be traded.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      If you were a useful starter and planned on having your career being spent as a useful starter and being paid like a useful starter, wouldn’t you be angry too? I would.

      • 7ransponder - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        Sure I would, but I’d be angry at myself for not performing well enough to warrant a starting rotation spot. Seems Slowey’s anger was misplaced, because he did NOTHING to warrant a spot back in the rotation.

  5. tacklemeelmo - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Sigh..

    • harmbry - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      Awesome. We traded Kevin Slowey for Pat Neshek 2.0.

      • fmlizard - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:03 PM

        Nah, Neshek was a very solid reliever and fun dude for a few seasons until his elbow blew up.

        This guy had a 4.83 ERA and 1.64 WHIP, 33 K in 59 IP. At age 25 in AA.

        This is the proverbial bag-of-balls trade if there ever was one.

  6. rugdog100 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    I’m not sure you could call Slowey a “useful starter” anymore. Maybe he needs a new pitching coach and a fresh start… or maybe he just sucks now.

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